Harare – On 30 November in Harare, the United Nations Country Team in Zimbabwe and the Government of Zimbabwe held the 2007-2011 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), Annual Review and the 2012-2015 ZUNDAF Validation Workshop.
The workshop was a result of many months of preparation by the UNCT in Zimbabwe and its Government Ministry counterparts. The conclusion of this process will see the production of a document providing the framework for development intervention and assistance in the country over the years 2012-2015.
The Workshop was co-chaired by Mr Alain Noudehou, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Dr Ray Ndhlukula, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet. In attendance were Heads of all UN Agencies in Zimbabwe and other senior UNCT staff. The meeting was also attended by senior Government officials from key Ministries, including numerous Permanent Secretaries. Moreover, key donors and civil society representatives participated, including the EU, USAID, Japan and the National Association of NGOs. The meeting was facilitated by a UN resource persons with expertise on UNDAF processes.
The meeting began with an Annual Review exercise, also providing concrete recommendations for improvements, based on key challenges and lessons learnt. Some of the key achievements from ZUNDAF 2010 implementation were noted as follows:
- Extension services strengthened with a farm management handbook and provision of equipment;
- Increased household income with USD 62 million mobilised as well as with crop and livestock diversification;
- 107 Boreholes drilled & 844 boreholes rehabilitated in cholera high risk areas;
- Essential equipment and machinery provided in 23 towns;
- 20,000 people benefitting from 3,122 household latrines;
- Over 120,000 school children were reached with hand washing messages;
- Over 4,000 community based hygiene promoters were trained, 80% of whom are women;
- Education for OVC through BEAM (Basic Education Assistance Module );
- Food Deficit Mitigation continued.
Some of the challenges highlighted included; human and institutional capacity gaps, limited financial resources for development activities and insufficient capacity in Information and Communication Technology ICT. It was agreed that for the year 2011, there was need for increased joint programming and strengthening of monitoring and evaluating instruments, greater mobilization of donors to finance development activities, increased flexibility in planning to cater for emerging issues and improved coordination and communication between UNCT, Government of Zimbabwe and partners, among others.
Subsequently, participants validated the 2012 – 2015 ZUNDAF document by priority area, based on a series of ZUNDAF presentations made by Government counterparts. The priority areas, each containing outcomes to guide programming, are as follows:
- Good Governance for Sustainable Development;
- Pro-poor Sustainable Growth and Economic Development;
- Food Security at Household and National Levels;
- Sound management and Use of the Environment, Natural Resources and Land to Promote Sustainable Development;
- Access to and Utilization of Quality Basic Social Services for All;
- Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support and Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality and Equity. The presentations were followed by plenary discussions.
Ultimately, the 2012 – 2015 ZUNDAF was validated with the agreement that comments made during the validation process would be integrated into the final document. Work will therefore continue in the coming weeks to fine-tune the document in preparation for a signing ceremony on 27 January 2011.
It was also agreed during the workshop that ZUNDAF Thematic Groups will remain convened to capitalise on existing momentum in preparing for ZUNDAF operationalisation. A series of exercises will therefore be held throughout December and the first quarter of 2011 to jointly draw the validated ZUNDAF outcomes down to output and key activity level. The results of these exercises will serve to enhance UN programming and M&E, simultaneously offering a common platform from which UN agencies will draw their country programmes and action plans.